Swopping one addiction for another. Alcohol to scratch cards

I managed to cut down the alcohol, only a couple of drinkings in July but I now find myself buying loads off scratch cards when I visit the shop. I won £100 on one and instantly spent the £100 back on scratch card and won nothing. I realise that they are a huge waste of money and I’m not buying anymore from now on. I’m only going to put my normal £3 a week on the normal lottery.

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I’m glad you were able to stop drinking. I’d rather lose my money than my health tho so… I understand lotto actions are tough but congrats to you for dropping the drinking…

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You could try a hobby. There might be something out there you’d find fun and distracting.

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You know my biggest issue is the bordom.

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I don’t find hobbies boring. If I get tired of doing something I take a break and go back to it later. There are creative outlets out there that don’t require much investment and can work on whenever, rather than continuously. I suggest something like learning magic tricks. You can easily google how to do them and they are not always complicated to learn. I think you could do it.

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One off my hobbies is living as frugal as possible but living healthly. I meal plan for 2 weeks. Buy all the stuff I need within my budget, make pasta bakes that last 3 days, sausage casserole and curries. I Really like cooking. I like getting deals in the ‘nearly out of date bargin aisle’. I go shopping every Tuesday with my staff at 5pm to Morrisons (mid range supermarket) and I always get a meat pie for £1.24 (previously was £5.50) and that lasts me two meals. I have a spread sheet. I like a bargin.

I just ruin it with the beer (cut down now) and the stupid scracth cards

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That’s awesome. I’m a foodie myself and love to cook, too. There are so many free YouTube videos on how to cook various dishes, international and national. I hope you can cook more if you save your money.

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oh I don’t live frugally because I can’t afford food. I just like living frugally. Which makes me feel bad because I do buy all the nearly out of date reduced food. Should I leave that for people who need it more them me. I have seen this debate before.

Photography is a great and (possibly) inexpensive hobby. It gets you out for walks and you live in a beautiful part of the world.

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I meant, if you didn’t spend it on beer or lottery cards, you’d have more to spend on more unusual food ingredients to cook with.

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My occupational therapist got me into Photography and I eagerly tried to please him so purchased a £1300 SLR camera in a manic phase. Found out I don’t like Photography especially when a large camera makes me stand out. I do use my iPhone though which is much better,

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Nothing wrong with doing phone photography given the quality of mobile cameras these days. If you enjoy doing it and you’re happy with images you’re getting then Bob’s yer uncle.

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